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Y11 Visit "Poetry Live!"

Y11's were recently invited to attend this enrichment activity to enhance their understanding of Poetry.

Poetry Live

“Let poetry live in your mouth” “ Poetry comes from all walks of life” These were just some of the inspiring words a group of Year 11s had the opportunity to hear from some of Britain’s finest poets, when they attended this year’s Poetry Live! event at the Reading Hexagon. 

Various poets including Grace Nichols, Carol-Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage took to the stage – but the pièce de résistance was saved for the final hour of the day.  To a great chorus of applause and cheering, and as a collective shiver of excitement rippled through the room, Mr John Agard arrived.  His influence was great and his words surrounded the entire theatre. All of the poets used words that we use in daily life, but made them take on the most beautiful meanings. 

It was an amazing experience to be able to see the poets in real life and to hear them reciting the poems we study in class to give us a better understanding of the GCSE Literature texts and the exam.  We walked home that evening full of inspiration at the beauty of language.

Jessica-Megan Year 11.